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Astronaut Launched the Pictures of Southern Lights from ISS 

Astronauts launched pictures of Southern Lights that were captured from the international space station. The pictures were stunning. These images were captured by French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet.

Thomas Pesquet, 43, an astronaut for the European Space Agency, shared these pictures in a Facebook post and mentioned that the moon was high and very bright, it lit the clouds, creating a very special atmosphere, and it made this aurora polar. The aurora is typically green, tinged with red or purple that appeared to have a rare bluish hue, which only occurs under specific conditions.

The aerospace engineer admitted that he witnessed many auroras during his current mission Alpha, which launched on April 23 of this year. However, he confirmed this particular view ‘came with something extra’ thanks to the moon’s glow. Auroras happen when electrically charged sun particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere and collide with oxygen and nitrogen particles. Northern auroras are called the Northern Lights. They are called Aurora Borealis, which means ‘dawn of the north.

Southern Lights are called Aurora Australis, which is derived from the Latin term meaning southern. This incidentally got its name Australia. The Aurora Australis is best viewed from Antarctica, Tasmania, and the southern mainland coastline. The French astronaut is one of seven astronauts currently researching the space station, which is a $100 billion science and engineering laboratory that orbits 250 miles above Earth.

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